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3/17 /16 – 6:42 A.M.

Wind played a role in a one-car crash in Putnam County Wednesday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on State Route 12 near Road 8-P outside of Columbus Grove around 10 a.m.

A first responder says a gust of wind pushed the westbound car into a guardrail, causing it to flip and crash into a row of trees near a pond. The driver was trapped, but didn’t appear to have any major injuries.

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3/17/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Lane restrictions could potentially slow traffic on I-75 through Findlay tonight. ODOT says the northbound lanes of the interstate will be reduced to one lane between U.S. 224 and Hancock County Road 99 from 9 p.m. until midnight. Crews will be making repairs to concrete during that time.

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3/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Ottawa officials are preparing for the construction of a possible diversion channel for the Blanchard River. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village is taking the first step to apply for grants to improve eco-habitats between the proposed channel and the Blanchard River. Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has grant money available for these types of projects.

The federal government provides 65 percent of the funding for eco-habitat improvements. The local share would be covered by an $8 million grant the state provided the region for flood mitigation projects.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/17/16 – 5:08 A.M.

The Arcadia elementary school doesn’t have a full-time counselor, but that could change soon. The Courier reports the district is considering hiring a full-time staff member for the role. Elementary principal Dave Golden told the school board, “The baggage these kids carry is more significant than anyone in this room (experienced) growing up.”

Currently the school uses services from the Family Resource Center in Findlay to help out. The service helps students with hard topics like domestic violence and substance abuse, and also help with things like handling anger.

The school board will look to see how other area schools handle counseling services.

MORE: The Courier

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3/17/16 – 4:59 A.M.

It is St. Patrick’s Day, which means the green beer will be flowing at many area bars. Local law enforcement agencies are reminding you not to get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink today.

Safe Ride Home will be working today and early Friday morning to help people get home safely. The program gives free rides to people from a bar or party to their home. You can contact the service at (419)425-3908.

You’re also asked to call law enforcement if you see someone driving drunk.

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3/16/2016 – 3:34 pm

Photo Caption: The top features the current font style for highway signs and the bottom will be the style for all new signs.

Over the next several years, drivers on Ohio highways may notice subtle changes in the road signs. ODOT is gradually changing the font on all new signs produced for Ohio highways. ODOT Press Secretary Matt Bruning says that the changes from Clearview font to Highway Gothic fonts will be done over time.

Audio: Matt Bruning

Bruning said that Highway Gothic was originally a design that was changed to the Clearview font around 2005. He notes that the switch back was to allow for a uniform standard for highway signs across the United States.

Audio: Matt Bruning

Bruning says that ODOT isn’t spending any more money on signs than they would have anyway, it’s just a slight change in the way the signs will look on the highway. If anyone has a question or would like to report a missing or damaged road sign, they can contact the ODOT District 1 Office at 419-222-9055

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Video: UF Campus Program Board Hopes To Inspire Children

3/16/2016 – 2:58 pm

At the University of Findlay, the members of the Campus Program Board put on an event today to inspire the next generation of kids. The Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is part of a national campaign to honor kids in the community. Mackenzie Mcmaster from CPB says it’s a way for people to reach back.

Audio: Mackenzie Mcmaster

Mcmaster says that being on the receiving end of the event several years ago was a great feeling. She said that it feels great to give that feeling back to children in the community today.

Audio: Mackenzie Mcmaster

For more information about the Inspire Kids Campaign or the work of the Campus Program Board, you can call 419-434-4606.

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3/16/16 – 9:17 A.M.

Fostoria city council members weren’t thrilled about getting the city’s budget sprung on them at the last moment. As a result, the budget was not passed Tuesday night. The Courier reports April 1 is the deadline to have a budget in place, and there isn’t a regular council meeting on the calendar between now and then. A special meeting will likely be called to make sure the budget is on time.

Brian Shaver is the chair of the council’s finance committee and said he would not fast-track legislation he hadn’t had time to read. Shaver said he received notification the budget was ready only hours before the meeting.

City Auditor Steve Garner said the budget packet was sent to Law Director Tim Hoover on March 4, but it needed tweaking. That led to it being sent to council member late.

MORE: The Courier

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3/16/16 – 9:04 A.M.

Renewal issues in Bluffton faired well Tuesday. A half-percent income tax renewal for the Bluffton School District was approved by a nearly 1,000 vote margin. The money raises around $700,000 per year for maintenance costs.

The Bluffton Public Library saw voters approve a 10-year, 1-mill levy as well. Again, the margin in favor was around 1,000 votes. The measure will provide nearly $120,000 for the next 10 years. The money helps pay for library operations.

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